Whiteside Mountain Loop

1 review #2 hike out of 98 in
1.9 mi
54 min
499 ft
Elev Gain


This is a easy and popular loop trail near Highlands, North Carolina. It is within the Nantahala National Forest. The trail forms a loop and may be hiked in either direction. The eastern section runs along the brink of the spectacular Whiteside Mountain, one of the highest vertical cliffs in the east. Peregrine falcons nest on the cliffs and may be spotted soaring above. In the fall the alignment of the earth and sun causes the mountain to cast the "Shadow of the Bear" on the forest below, which is only visible in certain weeks in September and October.

Getting Started

From the parking area and information kiosk (US Forest Service fee required) follow the signed loop in either direction. A map is displayed on the information board.

Taking Children

This like is excellent for children , but supervise them closely. The edge of the cliff is fenced with wire barriers, but there are places where a child could pass through with potentially fatal consequences.

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    2 weeks, 3 days ago
    Very nice hike. Moderate if you go left at fork to start and easy if you go left for loop. We opted to go right which also gets you to the outlooks faster. Beautiful panoramic views. Recommend getting there early like we did to avoid crowds. On our way down we passed over a dozen people coming up.
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